Fans were overjoyed when Death in Paradise announced Danny John-Jules would be making a triumphant return to the island of Saint Marie for the BBC drama's first-ever Christmas special.
The actor's reprisal comes almost four years after he waved goodbye to the show – but why did he leave?
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Shortly after his exit at the end of series eight in 2018, Danny then joined the line-up for Strictly Come Dancing and it was his love of the stage and performing that played a part in his decision to leave Guadeloupe behind.
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At the time, the 60-year-old told The Times: "I left Death in Paradise because I wanted to get back on stage. I needed a bit more razzmatazz in my life, and then along came Strictly!"
"I haven't done a [stage] show for more than 20 years, so this is as close as I'm going to get to doing the jazz hands again. I've also been working on my one-man show about Sammy Davis Jnr, that's why I'm always wearing a bowler hat!"
Danny also teased to the publication that he would love a return to Death in Paradise one day and it seems his wishes have come true!
This week, the BBC confirmed that he would making a one-off comeback as Officer Dwayne Myers for the show's festive special – which marks the ten-year anniversary of the BBC murder mystery.
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Danny is returning for the Death in Paradise 2021 Christmas special
The actor revealed he was thrilled to be returning. "It's always a pleasure going back to the Caribbean. After four years away, fitting back into the fold should be seamless as I know the new lead cast members. I look forward to bringing Dwayne and this 10th anniversary special script to life."
Plenty of fans responded to the news on social media, expressing their excitement about the Christmas special and Danny's comeback. One wrote: "Omg omgggg and Dwayne is in it, and hopefully we will see Florence and Neville kiss!!!! Eek so excited."
Another tweeted: "Best news I've heard all week!" as a third said: "Wait... we're getting a Christmas special? See, if you keep asking nicely, you do get good things."
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